Which Mountain Bike is right for you?

 

Mountain biking is an exhilarating and enjoyable way to enjoy riding off-road, on a wide variety of terrain. It provides you with an opportunity to explore the natural world around you as a sole activity or with friends and family. It is also a fantastic way to keep fit and active.

There are then three main types of bicycles to choose between, as follows;

  • Rigid Bike – This is the most basic and has no suspension. 

  • Hardtail Bike – These bikes have a suspension fork at the front to provide cushioning from bumps and improve grip and handling. A Hardtail is therefore a great choice for beginners looking to venture off road but equally suitable for those who just want to enjoy a family bike ride. They're generally cheaper, due to the lack of rear suspension, and are lighter and easier to maintain. Hardtails have an advantage when it comes to pedaling, as the rigid rear end converts all of your energy into forward motion. The down side to riding a Hardtail Bike, due to lack of a shock absorber at the rear, is that more shocks are transmitted from the ground to you as you ride which can be tiring. The risk of puncturing your types is also increased as the bike may struggle to maintain grip on rough terrain.

  • Full Suspension Bike - Feature both front suspension forks and a rear shock absorber so are the most capable to tackle rough terrain with comfort and control. By using a suspension fork at the front of the bike and a shock absorber at the rear, the wheels can move up and over bumps, lumps, roots and rocks, smoothing out the trail ahead. Thanks to the additional stability and control from the suspension, full suspension mountain bikes can open the opportunity to explore more challenging terrain and obstacles.

All Mountain Bikes typically feature frames made from aluminum, steel or carbon fibre and all will have chunky tyres mounted onto robust wheels.

Ultimately the perfect Mountain Bike for you will depend upon the kind of riding you want to do and what you want to get out of your ride. Once this decision has been made you’ll be well on the way to purchasing your dream bike and then, the road is your oyster….